The Keystone Gold-Copper District, Medicine Bow Mountains, Southeastern Wyoming
May 2002 by W. Dan HauselThe Keystone district includes a group of mineralized shear zones and veins that are associated with the Keystone Quartz Diorite in the Medicine Bow Mountains of southwestern Wyoming. Gold production from this district is unknown, although some estimates suggest that 7,500 to more than 12,000 ounces were produced.
Across and downstream of our operation was a large pile of huge boulders. It was logical to think that water forces may have deposited gold in and around these boulders. We moved our dredge over and started pulling the rock pile apart.
Some assay beads disappear, collapse, hide under the surface, or spread out flat while being cupelled, just as the last tiny bit of liquid litharge is driven off. This is especially true of platinum, iridium and osmium, when attempting to re-bead the filtered residue from a parted bead.
We were saddened to learn that Chuck Cox, a long-time prospector and tireless organizer for the Washington Prospectors Mining Association, passed away...
We had been picking away at it, but the going was mightly slow. Why not use some explosives to advance a little quicker?
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He certainly wasn’t afraid of a fight or a court battle, and he didn’t back away from calling out those who tried to compromise the rights of miners.
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